Samsung has offered Microsoft apps such as Skype, OneDrive, OneNote built-in on its phones for a long time now, so this time around with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, it looks like it is ready to take things a little further. Microsoft announced today that it will be offering a Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition which will load its business productivity apps and software on the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ smartphones respectively. These will include apps such as Cortana, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, One Note, Bing, Groove, Skype and MSN News.
These will be automatically downloaded when the smartphones are connected to a Wi-Fi connection. Furthermore, the company in a press statement to Engadget also said that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition will also be customisable, so users can choose which apps they require and which they don’t.
Microsoft also added that the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition smartphones are already available for pre-orders starting today. These can be purchased at the time of their official availability i.e April 21 in the US from the Microsoft Store locations.
In a press release, talking about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition, the company said:
A Microsoft customization is applied to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition when the devices are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi. This customization ensures customers a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more.
Microsoft Store is committed to empowering its customers to achieve more through Office and Microsoft applications. The new device customization is an example of bringing together Microsoft applications on more devices so customers can work, play and connect from their pockets.